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Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Doctrine of Atonement”

for April 15-21, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What do you think it means to “…walk in love…”?

How do you express and experience love for one another? What examples exist of how Christ Jesus practiced love for others?

Read together Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words below).

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Imagine that you were a disciple of Christ Jesus, walking about with him in Galilee. What might your conversation sound like? What questions might you have for him? What questions might you have for your fellow disciples? What beauty might you see around you? What songs might you sing? What qualities might you see expressed by your traveling companions? (Peace, grace, rejoicing, hope, patience, joy…)

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – How did God express love for the world by providing Christ Jesus as an example for us as to how to love one another? How does God express love for the world by providing you to the world? Are you important to God? Are you important to others? What does it mean to you to be a “son”, a child of God? What are your rights? What are your requirements?

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What does it mean to be one with God? How did Jesus experience that oneness in the scriptural story in citation B7? If you were with Jesus that day, what might you have thought about that experience?

Read together Hymn 317 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words below).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – In Section 3 we are turned to the week’s events leading to Jesus’ betrayal by Judas, his crucifixion, and eventually to his resurrection. What do your students know about these events? What is their significance? What are we to learn from them? Read together citation S15. Can it be said of you, “Well done, good and faithful servant”?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Some might consider Jesus’ words on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” as a prayer found in Psalm 22. Look at this Psalm together to see what it is saying about our relationship to God, how God comforts us, how God is ever there for us regardless of the circumstances. Do you think Jesus knew what was to happen to him during the week before what we consider Easter Sunday? How does Mary Baker Eddy state God’s love for us in citation S21?

Many churches display the cross as a symbol of being Christian. Look to the seal on the Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to tell you what Christian Scientists accept as symbols of Christianity. What do you think is the relevance of the crown superimposed over the cross?

  • Crucifixion and resurrection
  • Trials and victories (citation S22)
  • Error destroyed – God with us – always and in all ways

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What do your students know about the resurrection story? Who was first to see that Jesus was raised from the dead? What do your students know about the life of Mary Magdalene? What did she do after she realized that Jesus was no longer in the tomb? Citation B18.

Read together Hymn 171 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – If you were with Jesus following his resurrection, what might your conversation sound like? What questions might you have for him? What questions might you have for the other disciples, for Mary Magdalene? Can you ask those questions today and expect answers?

Read together Hymn 572 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words below).

Hymn 179:

Love one another,-word of revelation;

Love frees from error's thrall,-Love is liberation.

Love's way the Master trod;

He that loves shall walk with God.

Love is the royal way.

Love knows no evil, neither shade of sadness;

Love casts out every fear, lifts the heart to gladness.

Love heals our every ill,

All the law does love fulfill.

Love is our answered prayer.

Love now is dawning over every nation;

Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation,

Love bids all discord cease.

Conquering hate, enthroning peace,

Love, Love alone is power.

(Hymn. 179:1–3)

Hymn 317

Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,

When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,

Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee. /

Alone with Thee, amid the changing shadows,

Solemn the hush of nature, newly born;

Alone with Thee, in breathless adoration,

In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

So shall it ever be in the bright morning,

When hearts awaking see the shadows flee,

O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning,

Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

(Hymn. 317:1–3)

Hymn 171 & 413

Let us sing of Easter gladness

That rejoices every day,

Sing of hope and faith uplifted;

Love has rolled the stone away.

Lo, the promise and fulfillment,

Lo, the man whom God hath made,

Seen in glory of an Easter

Crowned with light that cannot fade.

When we touch Truth's healing garment

And behold Life's purity,

When we find in Love the refuge

That is man's security,

When we turn from earth to Spirit,

And from self have won release,

Then we see the risen Saviour;

Then we know his promised peace.

Living meekly as the Master,

Who of God was glorified,

Looking ever to the radiance

Of his wondrous Eastertide;

Freed of fear, of pain, and sorrow,

Giving God the honor due,

Every day will be an Easter

Filled with benedictions new.

(Hymn. 171:1–3, also Hymn 413)

Hymn 572

Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And His righteousness,

And all these things shall be added unto you.

Allelu, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you.

Seek and ye shall find,

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.

Allelu, alleluia!

We do not live by bread alone,

But by every word

That proceeds from the mouth of God.

Allelu, alleluia!

DESCANT

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

(Hymn. 572:1–4)

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